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F645 - Earth Science with Year in Industry

Earth Science with Year in Industry

MEarthSci Honours

  • UCAS code: F645
  • Full time
  • 5 years
  • Next start date: September 2021
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This five-year MEarthSci degree explores subjects like geology, chemistry and microbiology and includes a year in industry to advance your academic knowledge with practical work experience in the Earth Science field.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

Earth science at Newcastle considers novel innovations in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, and supporting technologies such as GIS, remote sensing and environmental informatics.

This five-year degree is similar to our Earth Science MEarthSci Honours but between Stages 2 and 3 you will take a year out in industry. This is a great opportunity to advance your academic knowledge with practical work experience in the Earth science field.

BSc of MEarthSci?

Our Earth Science degree is offered at two levels:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Master of Earth Science (MEarthSci)

Our MEarthSci degree includes an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, where you will undertake a research project and work with leading researchers.

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Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

4th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (in the Earth and Marine Sciences category)

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Stage 1 introduces you to the key concepts of geology, remote sensing, GIS and geochemistry. The residential field course will enable you to put your skills into practice by exploring geology and modern mining operations in the Lake District.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Environment and Land Resources 10
Environment and Land use Field Course 10
Academic and Professional Skills 20
Earth System Science 10
The Geosphere 20
Geology and GIS Field Course 10
Interpreting Geological Maps 10
Geographic Information Systems 10
Principles of Remote Sensing 10
Optional Modules Credits
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Fundamentals of Surveying I 10
The Marine Environment 20

Stage 2 advances your skills and knowledge. You'll be introduced to further complexity in the Earth system and explore the impacts that human activity has on the environment.

The residential field mapping course to the Isle of Arran provides training in how to identify and map geological formations.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation and Research Preparation 10
Minerals and their Instabilities 10
Basin Analysis and Stratigraphy 10
Global Element Cycling 10
Geological Resources 10
Geomicrobiology 10
Geological Field Mapping 20
Research Methods in Environmental Pollution 20
Optional Modules Credits
Sustainable Solutions 10
Pollution of Air, Water & Soil 10
Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Application 10
Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing 10

You will spend the year on a work placement in the UK or abroad. You’ll gain valuable practical experience in the sector.

You explore advanced aspects of Earth science, taking advantage of our world-leading research. Specialisms such as geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry will present insights and opportunities.

Stage 4 has an international residential field course that consolidates your learning with practical experience.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biogeochemistry 20
Subsurface Investigations 10
Earth and Environmental Science Dissertation 30
Optional Modules Credits
Soils in Terrestrial Ecosystems 10
Environmental Impact Assessment 20
GNSS for Geoscientists and Engineers 10
Geological Field Course 20
Field Course 20
Advanced GIS Fieldcourse 20
Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth 10
Career Development for final year students 20
Creativity, Innovation and Market Research in Science and Engineering UG 10

In Stage 5, you will select one of five advanced specialisms from environmental consultancy; geotechnical/engineering geology; petroleum geochemistry; hydrogeology and water management; environmental science.

You will undertake a major research project in your chosen specialism, which will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge to a professional level.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
The Environment Business 10
Optional Modules Credits
Habitat Monitoring and Assessment 20
Forest Ecology 20
Your Future - occupational awareness 10
Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice 10
Ground Water Assessment 10
Integrated River Basin Management 10
Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation 10
Groundwater Modelling 10
Aqueous Geochemistry 10
Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants 10
Remediating Contaminated Land 10
Business and Environmental Management 10
Sustainable Industry 10
Data preparation, analysis, interpretation and presentation for MSc 10
Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics 10
Renewable Energy: Energy Management 10
Introduction to Hydro, Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy 10
Introduction to Photovoltaics 10
Quantifying Energy Decision Making 10
Project Management Appreciation 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is delivered through lectures and practicals in:

  • microscopy
  • rock and mineral identification
  • geological mapping
  • geochemistry

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You will develop your hands-on, practical skills with fieldwork opportunities embedded throughout your degree.

You will be equipped with the practical skills that are sought by employers through fieldwork and access to our world-class facilities.

There are lots of opportunities to explore the environment, including:

  • frequent field days, reinforcing classroom learning and helping you apply your knowledge to practical contexts
  • an annual residential field course, in the UK or abroad

Current field course locations include the Lake District, the Isle of Arran and Sorbas Basin, Spain.

Research skills

You'll have access to our world-class analytical laboratories, supported by our research expertise in fields such as petroleum geochemistry, biogeochemistry, global imaging systems, remote sensing and environmental impact.

You'll be able to conduct high-quality research, alongside our expert academic staff, to complement the teaching and practical classes delivered during your degree.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You will be based on campus at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. As a student of Earth and Environmental Sciences you'll have access to our world-class facilities and analytical laboratories, including:

  • gas chromatography
  • gas chromatography mass spectrometry
  • high pressure liquid chromatography mass spectrometry
  • inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

You will be taught in the new, and unique, teaching space of the Houston Laboratory: part of a £2m redevelopment of Newcastle University’s Drummond Building.

You'll benefit from the Great North Museum on campus. It's home to over 9,000 geological and mineralogical specimens. The Mining Institute, with one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on mining engineering, is just a short walk away.

Support

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive a tablet. You can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

Earth science graduates are well qualified to enter a wide range of careers and the geoscience industry has a shortage of graduates with the skills taught on this course.

You will be able to enter the global geology industry with potential careers in:

  • mining
  • oil
  • engineering
  • water supply
  • environmental sectors

The emerging alternative energy industry also needs these skills.

You will also develop a portfolio of graduate transferable skills that are highly valued by a wide range of employers outside the earth science sector, and which can open the door to graduate-entry programmes with major employers, such as:

  • team working
  • data analysis
  • data interpretation
  • enterprise

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level

ABB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£23400

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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